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The Blind Shall See! The Question of Anonymity in Journal Peer Review.

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David Pontille
Didier Torny

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This article examines the issue of the respective knowledge of authors and reviewers: is it fairer to judge a manuscript in the full light of day, or hidden away from prying eyes? Should one know everything about the authors of a manuscript, or nothing at all? In short, does the anonymity of the reviewers and/or authors guarantee or prevent an objective assessment? It looks at how these became central issues for scientific journals between 1950 and 1970. It then examine how, from the 1980s onwards, a certain number of categories became stabilized, such as the "single blind" and "double blind" and "open review", which lay down the options available to journals and learned societies.
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halshs-00981277 , version 1 (23-04-2014)

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David Pontille, Didier Torny. The Blind Shall See! The Question of Anonymity in Journal Peer Review.. Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, 2014, 4, http://adanewmedia.org/2014/04/issue4-pontilletorny/. ⟨10.7264/N3542KVW⟩. ⟨halshs-00981277⟩
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